by Danielle Schulze
Danielle first spoke with Laura at the end of June. Laura was seeking assistance with her October wedding which was to be held at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, MD. From the initial consultation, Danielle could tell that Laura was kind hearted and organized. They were both excited to start working together.
Danielle met Laura at Stone Manor about a month before the wedding date. The meeting was held to discuss the overall look Laura was envisioning and to see exactly where the different portions of the wedding were going to take place. Since it was Danielle’s first time at the venue, it also gave her the chance to walk the grounds and see everything in person. Laura told Danielle she wanted to use Autumn colors throughout the décor. The look would be perfectly accented by the natural foliage of the surrounding woods. A week after the meeting for, the timeline and a checklist of each item to be included in the wedding were completed. With those items in hand, Danielle began contacting and confirming details with all of the vendors.
After several weeks of planning and waiting, the big day arrived! Danielle arrived at the venue to begin setting up. The florist started setting up the flowers and the caterers put the table and chairs in their places. The ceremony was to be held in the small courtyard next to the Manor and the reception was to be held inside a tent directly next to the ceremony site. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different plan. It had been lightly raining on and off all morning. A few hours before the ceremony was to begin, the decision was made to move the event inside. Danielle knew exactly how to handle the change and, even though it was not the original plan, the final result turned out perfectly.
To prepare for the new ceremony location the chairs were set up on the dance floor for the guests. The decorations and set-up for the reception stayed in place. Danielle laid rose petals on the ground and formed an elegant aisle with small white, vintage lanterns at either end. The same lanterns were then used in the centerpieces on the tables, encircled by a wreath of a variety of colors of leaves. A beautiful floral arrangement was hung to frame an alter at the end of the aisle.
The bridal party had been spending the day getting ready at the Manor. Shortly before the ceremony, Danielle escorted the bride and groom separately for their first look photo shoot. They exchanged notes and, with umbrella and dress train in hand, excitedly walked toward the tent together to walk down the aisle.
Following the ceremony, the bridal party and close family went to do their photo session while the rest of the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. The photographer wanted to take full advantage of the clouds clearing. Danielle watched the clock and gave friendly reminder about how much time had gone by to ensure things stayed on schedule. The bridal party was then announced as they entered the tent followed by Mr. and Mrs. McNulty!
The evening continued smoothly with dinner, cake cutting and dancing. Danielle waited for the guests to leave to begin the cleaning up process. She made sure everything that was put out or set up was given back to the bride and groom.
It was a great evening. The location change due to the weather was never given a second thought. It was a beautiful event and Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen was glad to assist Laura and Mike on their special day.
Ceremony and Reception at Stone Manor Country Club, Catering by Carriage House Inn, Photography by Whysall Photography, DJ Shewsical Entertainment, Flowers by Ory Florals, Cake by Monica’s Sugar Studio